Child Online Protection Act …as well as Censorship…Struck Down

Yesterday, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in their opinion of ACLU v. MUKASEY, that the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) 47 U.S.C. § 231, “facially violates the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution” and permanently enjoined the Attorney General from enforcing it.
Since the inception of the World Wide Web, Congress has tried to pass laws that would criminalize constitutionally protected speech on the Internet, and the ACLU has been challenging all such laws.
In 1996, Congress passed the Communications Decency Act, which criminalized “indecent” speech online. The ACLU sued, arguing that the law abridged the First Amendment in ACLU v. Reno. All nine Supreme Court justices agreed and struck down the law, recognizing for the first time that online speech deserves full First Amendment protection.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: